Library Technician—Recorded Sound Processing Technician, Library of Congress

By IS Lab April 16, 2021

Library of Congress

The Processing Technician position is located in the Processing Units of the Recorded Sound Processing Unit, Recorded Sound Section, Motion Picture, Broadcasting & Recording Sound Division, Library Services. The Incumbent reports to the Processing Unit Head and is responsible for the accessioning, processing, conservation, and reference servicing of the audio and moving image collections of the Library of Congress.

Job Responsibilities

Serves under the guidance of staff trainers, team leaders, and supervisors and works independently on less complex collection materials. Following extensive library rules, procedures, and operations, processes library collections for use, preservation and storage. Receives incoming collections. Distinguishes the type of material, and separates and properly distributes all types of library collection items for processing; completes appropriate forms and/or data records for accessioning, recording, and statistical reports; Using primary bibliographic databases, receives and sorts materials into categories and identifies duplicates. Accessions newly received material. Prepares materials for long-term storage and/or digital conversion. Performs basic conservation on materials as needed, including re-housing, cleaning, rewinding and labeling. Prints and attaches labels and barcodes. Alerts the supervisor to the presence of material requiring evaluation for special treatment and other considerations. Identifies, in a variety of formats, moving image/recorded sound materials, title, source, date of acquisition, and other important data to serve as the basis for initial processing and cataloging. Inputs information in
manual/automated systems for inventories, container lists, shelf lists, or other kinds of finding aids using box/folder information, series titles, and other data compiled during processing and/or provided by a librarian, cataloger, curator, specialist, or supervisor. Performs manual/automated preliminary access/inventory cataloging for single items or collections following the established procedures of the division.

Following extensive library rules, procedures, and operations, maintains the collections. Handles requests for collections materials. Retrieves items from storage and delivers them to the proper location or staff. Arranges, sorts, shelves new materials and re-shelves materials returned to the stacks according to shelf order. Identifies and removes items suspected of containing errors in labeling and/or cataloging and forwards items for further determination of disposition. Examines collection materials to assess physical condition under the guidance of specialists and selects best copies for retention. Withdraws materials in need of conservation treatment and re-labeling, forwarding them for appropriate correction. Effects shifts necessitated by growth of collection. Inputs information in manual/automated systems for inventories, container lists, shelf lists, or other kinds of finding aids using box/folder information, series titles, and other data compiled during processing and/or provided by a librarian, cataloger, curator, specialist, or supervisor.

Prepares simple materials for reformatting such as digital scanning. Such preparation includes, but is not limited to, counting and marking pages and items, examining completed copies against the original material, and linking scanned images to appropriate bibliographic and inventory data records. Works with staff and/or contractors to prepare and scan collections for preservation. Operates scanning equipment. Retrieves and returns scanned materials to collections storage areas.

Under minimal supervision, conducts basic background research on the collections and research correspondence assigned. Carries out basic research to refine and amplify the curatorial files; to provide preliminary records for the creation of catalog entries, captions, and other documentation necessary for the control and access to the collections; to create finding aids, catalogs, and other publications; and to develop caption information and documentation.

Job Qualifications

  • Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.
  • Knowledge of recorded sound history and formats.
  • Ability to use information systems and equipment.
  • Ability to conduct library research.
  • Knowledge of library and archival collection material processes and procedures.
  • Ability to maintain library or archival materials.
  • Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

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